My oldest is just entering the LOVER stage. He has become so eager to please and is AMAZING with his baby brother, not so much with his 3 year old brother though. While he strives to be a helper and do what is right, at times I can totally see the explorer come out in him. He still throws fits when things don't go his way. We are working on how to effectively communicate when he wants to do something using words and not a temper tantrum.
So often (over the past year), I have seen the battle going on for his heart and I am saddened to think that this is only the beginning. It breaks my heart to see him continue in the same sins (God must feel the same way about me!). I am also reading Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp and it is teaching me how to apply Biblical instruction and correction that addresses the root of the matter, the heart!